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Portable refrigerators for Model Y

austinY

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Mar 5, 2020
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Has anyone done the legwork on coolers that would fit in the sub trunk area- seems you could keep some stuff cool and still have the area available for sleeping on some overnight trips or grocery runs.
I can start digging into the Dometic site and report back, but curious if anyone had already done the legwork.

According to a youtube video I watched, an average cooler would consumer 1mi/hr of range - which I think you could improve by priming it (cooling off of AC power while home) and loading it up before departure.
 

rxlawdude

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Jul 10, 2015
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Has anyone done the legwork on coolers that would fit in the sub trunk area- seems you could keep some stuff cool and still have the area available for sleeping on some overnight trips or grocery runs.
I can start digging into the Dometic site and report back, but curious if anyone had already done the legwork.

According to a youtube video I watched, an average cooler would consumer 1mi/hr of range - which I think you could improve by priming it (cooling off of AC power while home) and loading it up before departure.
Or, there's always ice packs. :cool:
 

austinY

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Mar 5, 2020
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Also realized anything with a compressor would need more ventilation than in the subtrunk so that's out. Anyway, curious if anyone has used an electric cooler in it yet and if they've measured consumption- range impact.
 

Saghost

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Also realized anything with a compressor would need more ventilation than in the subtrunk so that's out. Anyway, curious if anyone has used an electric cooler in it yet and if they've measured consumption- range impact.

Compressor driven coolers are much more efficient, use far less power, and require less ventilation than electric coolers.

They just cost five times as much and weigh a little more.

I’m not sure I’d really recommend putting either in the sub trunk with the lid fully closed, though. Maybe you could make an alternate lid with vent grills or something.
 
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CyberB

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Ice Frunk
That area gets superhot in the South in the Summer. Not sure if it's the proximity to the HVAC unit or just Sun heating up the hood. I definitely would not put my grocery there. Great food warmer though down, especially down here in the Arizona Summer.
 

rxlawdude

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That area gets superhot in the South in the Summer. Not sure if it's the proximity to the HVAC unit or just Sun heating up the hood. I definitely would not put my grocery there. Great food warmer though down, especially down here in the Arizona Summer.
Kept our 30lb cooked Thanksgiving turkey nice and warm.
 
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Saghost

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What about smoking a brisket in the frunk? Do you think we could turn the frunk into a smoker? Maybe line it with aluminum foil and throw some hot coals in there?

Plastic lining.

You could absolutely make a Frunk smoker, but you’d have to work quite a bit harder, and make a metal insulated structure for it.

It’d be great for parties, though, if we ever get back to the point that having parties is a good idea.
 
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Zeke5

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Jul 2, 2020
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I wonder if anyone installed a drain tube for rear trunk? Probably could be done as it would be nice to just throw ice back there ...
 

mark95476

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I'm looking in this as well. So far, anything from Dometic (35L), ARB, and SnoMaster appears too large for the Y's subtrunk. No anchors for tie-downs in the trunk so there are some issues to overcome. I'm currently thinking about using the passenger foot well.
 

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